Priestley International Centre for Climate
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Leading climate research
Our experts are shaping policy and developing scientific interventions to help humanity adapt and respond to climate change and its pressing global challenges. They are combating urgent problems brought on by global warming through a diverse range of research-led solutions.
Our researchers collaborate at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, which brings together world-leading expertise in all the key strands of climate change research across the University and beyond.
If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail, please contact the individual staff member.
Place-based climate action
The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) aims to connect sectors, people and sources of finance to tackle the climate emergency.More on Place-based climate action
Supporting the offshore wind industry
Geoscientists are using expertise in seismic data interpretation and stratigraphy to reduce costs and to improve the lifespan of wind turbines.More on Supporting the offshore wind industry
Capturing carbon through forests
Our researchers are exploring the carbon storage capacity of UK woodlands to help maximise the role forests can play in achieving Net Zero emissions.More on Capturing carbon through forests
Centres and Institutes
High-profile national research centres and globally recognised institutes are based at the University.
Undertaking a PhD at Leeds will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. To browse funded projects, supervisors, research areas, and PhD opportunities, visit phd.leeds.ac.uk.
Anya Schlich-Davies focuses on glacier modelling using climate data from the Khumbu region of Nepal for her funded PhD research. She calculates how glaciers and the South Asian monsoon, both vital sources of water among communities, may change in the future as a result of a changing climate.
Michael Baidu is studying for a PhD in Atmospheric science. His GCRF SWIFT-funded PhD project on nowcasting aims to improve understanding and prediction of high impact weather systems over West Africa. Before coming to Leeds, he trained as a meteorologist with the Ghana Meteorological Agency.
Demand for grocery home deliveries has surged since the outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in a significant growth in the deployment of refrigerated vans. Through her PhD research, Zhuoqian investigates possible ways to reduce emissions from vehicles delivering food.
Study with us
Our Masters courses bring together academic expertise from a variety of disciplines. Develop sustainable solutions to real-world global challenges linked to the Earth's rapidly changing climate by studying one of our courses.
Learn about the effects of climate change and how to build resilience in agriculture and food systems through our online course, delivered in partnership with FutureLearn.